Medical Benefits of Turmeric You Didn’t Know

turmTurmeric is a natural yellow- coloured spice produced by a turmeric plant. The ground roots of a turmeric plant are added value to create a spice which is common in our shelves. Besides being a robust, healthy spice, an element known as curcumin gives it powerful medical properties.

Turmeric is praised worldwide for its ability to reduce pain and inflammation. However, there are several factors to consider before you start using turmeric for pain relief. The spice has a warm and bitter taste. The presence of curcumin in turmeric gives it the ability to calm down conditions such as heartburn, arthritis, joint pain, kidney problems and irritable bowel syndrome.

Ways to Take Turmeric

Turmeric can be taken through several ways. The most common forms include taking a turmeric extract, root powder or a curcumin supplement. Turmeric extracts are more preferred since they have a higher content of curcumin. Therefore, it is assumed that turmeric extract is more potent in relieving inflammation. For more effectiveness, researchers advise users to take at least one gram of curcumin daily. The spice is also endorsed by the arthritis foundation led by a Sunbury chiropractor. The foundation advises people to take at least 400 to 600 milligrams of turmeric capsules daily.

In addition, researchers found that the body does not absorb turmeric by itself. Therefore, you are recommended to mix the spice with other food products such as black pepper, avocado or olive oil. On the other hand, you are advised not to consume the spice in higher amounts. Overdosage of turmeric can cause gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, dizziness, stomach upset and nausea.

Turmeric for Inflammation

Before taking turmeric as a supplement to cure inflammation, consider consulting your doctor. You need your Sunbury chiropractor advice, especially if you are under medication. The doctor will review your condition to determine whether intake of turmeric has any health risk on your body. To maximize health benefits, let your doctor determine the best dose for you.

Turmeric in Lowering Blood Sugar

Diabetes is associated with obesity and poor dieting. According to researchers, curcumin is a strong hypoglycemic agent. Therefore, turmeric can be used in controlling blood sugar. Turmeric intake can go a long way in preventing vast complications associated with diabetes.

Turmeric in Boosting Weight Loss

Besides working out and maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, turmeric can also stimulate weight loss. The spice works well in inhibiting the growth of fat tissues in cell models which significantly reduces weight. It works by burning fat.

Turmeric in Lowering Cholesterol Levels

Though a bit inconsistent, turmeric is believed to lower levels of blood fats known as triglycerides. Triglycerides are a class of fats that grow in your blood when you take food with high level of cholesterol. High levels of cholesterol in your blood can cause hardening of artery walls. When the walls get hardened, you get more exposed to health risks such as heart attack, cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Generally, the most effective way to take turmeric spice is by adding it to your diet. However, before considering the supplement liaise with your health provider who will guide you through the process.

Food Allergies Effects on Brain & Body Health

food allergy and bodyMany people, suffering from a diverse range of symptoms including joint stiffness, inflammation, and muscle aches attribute these symptoms to ageing. Those with memory problems and lack of focus (brain fog), even fear Alzheimer’s Disease or similar conditions. Many of these worries could be groundless – in fact, many could be directly attributable to a food or ingredient in the diet that is causing these inflammatory reactions.

Food allergy treatment is something that more people are investigating now that food allergies and intolerances are more widely publicised. For many, finding the root cause of their symptoms and eliminating the offending foodstuff from their diets has led to an improvement in health. Sadly, many more people continue to suffer with these undiagnosed problems with the result that the inflammatory changes within their bodies are worsening over time and, in some cases, can result in serious health issues.

Research on the effects of inflammation in the body have shown some worrying results; Brain inflammation, for example, has been linked to many problems, from mild conditions such as brain fog to more serious problems including clinical depression and degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s. In the body, inflammatory problems such as arthritis can cause a great deal of pain and incapacity as the immune system attacks body tissues and causes damage to joints.

The Difference between Food Allergies and Food Intolerance

The symptoms of food allergy can manifest very suddenly and while for some, they may be mild, for others, anaphylactic shock can be life-threatening. For those with food allergies, the only solution is to stay away from the foods causing the problem.

For food intolerance sufferers, while the symptoms may not be as dramatic as in the case of an allergy, however, food intolerance can cause very serious long-term health problems. Psychological symptoms can be mild (feeling slightly ‘brain fogged’) to more serious conditions such as depression and even dementia. Physical symptoms may include skin problems (for example, eczema), mouth problems including ulcers and canker sores, and digestive upsets including bloating, wind, constipation and/or diarrhoea.

Many people are surprised to learn that foods that have never caused a problem before can suddenly provoke a reaction at any age.

Do You Suspect a Food Allergy or Intolerance?

It is estimated that 2% of the Australian population has some level of food allergy while for children, the figure is as high as 5%. Coeliac disease where wheat gluten causes major problems for sufferers affects one in every hundred people but as many never get a diagnosis there may be many more people affected than we know.

For undiagnosed Coeliacs and for others who have a sensitivity to gluten or another type of food intolerance, inflammatory changes caused by the allergen in the diet may be causing long term harm and storing up potentially serious health consequences later on.

However, for those who suspect that the clues to the cause of our ‘brain fog’, aching muscles, upset tummies and stiff joints may lie in our diets, food allergy treatment can be sought. Sunbury Chiropractor Daniel Chatfield can offer nutritional guidance and supplement advice as well as Chiropractic treatment for his patients. Please arrange an appointment to discuss the options and possible treatment alternatives available, call Chatfield Chiropractic today on (03) 9746 3977 (Sunbury) or (03) 9303 9952 (Roxburgh Park).